Berber Proverbs


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Standing in the way of our own light.

The desert is the Garden of Allah, from which the Lord of the faithful removed all superfluous human and animal life, so that there might be one place where He can walk in peace.

The story is only half told when one side tells it.

What you have put into your kettle comes after what's into your spoon.

Without fingers, the hand would be a spoon.

Few desires, happy life.

He who rides a camel should not be afraid of dogs.

If it is truth you wish to see, then hold no opinions for or against anything.

It is he who eats when he is full digs his grave with his teeth.

No land without stones, no meat without bones.

Tell the truth and shame the Devil.

The dogs may bark, but the caravan passes on.

The sun looks down on many flowers; the flowers see but one sun.

When a man dies his feet get bigger.

You are worth as much as your purse.

Fire purges everything.

He who sleeps in a marsh wakes up cousin to the frogs.

If the King at noonday says it is night, behold the stars.

It is no time to bow when the head is off.

No one but the one carrying the load knows how much it weighs.

Ten dervishes can sleep under one blanket, but two kings cannot find room in one empire.

The dunghill must make itself smelt before we can breathe the perfume of the flowers.

The wet man fears no rain.

When a thief finds nothing to steal he will steal a dagger made of sand.

You can count the number of apples in one tree, but you can never count the number of trees in one apple.

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